Coins

 

One key point about the manufacturing of the coinage system during Constantine’s reign is that the coins were no longer being locally minted. Instead, Constantine created a single imperial coinage system produced from state run mints throughout the empire. It is unfortunate to note that a large portion of Constantine’s coins have not been digitized onto online databases yet, so there are very few pictures.

  • argenteus
    • highest denomination coin, equal to 100 denarii
    • high silver content
    • stopped being manufactured around 310-313 A.D.
    • silver coinage returns after defeat of Licentius 324 A.D.
    • 1/96 to the pound
  • nummus
    • often bears laureate image of emperor25 denarii=100 sestertii
    • nummus=25 denarii
    • halved to 12.5 denarii after argenteus discontinuation 310-313 A.D.
    • bronze
    • very common coin denomination during Constantine’s reign
  • solidus
    • created in Constantine’s western half of empire, spreads to rest with his rise
    • becomes standard gold coin of empire
    • 1/72 gold, worth 1,389 denarii
  • aureus
    • an older form of coinage, somewhat replaced with solidii
    • gold 1/60
    • about 1,200 denarii
  • coinage no longer being minted locally. Instead, all the mints came under control of a singular imperial coinage system.